Rye Town Sustainability

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The Mansion at Crawford Park will be closed for renovation starting February 2018 and for majority of 2019. Please be advised that portions of the grounds may have construction materials and safety fencing. Crawford Park's grounds and its newly renovated pavilion, playground, and sensory garden will remain open. Visitors are welcome!

  • The park and playground is open to the public, however, facilities may only be rented by residents. Residents include: Port Chester (10573), Rye Brook (10573) and Rye Neck (10543)  

Please contact us for options to utilize the grassy areas at the park for your events! 

                               Please scroll down to review the prices and details to rent
                                                      Crawford Pavilion and other spaces

During our Summer Months, the Park hosts many events for all ages. With thanks to our Local Sponsors we have been able to continue events for years and years, and will continue to do so. *More events to come! If you have questions, or an idea for an event, please Email: ssumma@townofryeny.com

Below you will see photos from our 2018 Fall Festival!


Westchester County EAP Program -   (914) 995-6070

NYSHIP Medical Health Insurance -   (877) 769-7447

Shelter Point Vision Insurance -          (800) 365-4999 or (516) 829-8100

1. Twilight Concert Series -

All Concerts are held in the south pavilion, with lots of room for sitting outdoors on the lawn or beach.  They start at 7:30pm and end about 9:00pm.  Concerts are normally held rain or shine, except in heavy thunderstorms.  There are two rain dates scheduled, if needed. 

Date                                             Concert

Tuesday, June 18                  M62's Band                            

Tuesday, June 25                  Fab Forward

Tuesday, July 2                     Scott Wenzel Big Band

Tuesday, July 9                     Urban Coyotes

Tuesday, July 16                   Billy and the Showmen

Tuesday, July 23                   The Derivatives

Tuesday, July 30                   Rain date*

Tuesday, Aug 6                     Angelo Rubino Band

Tuesday, Aug 13                   Rain date*

 2. Jazz by the Sound–

This 4 part concert series is new to Rye Town Park for the 2019 season! We are excited to be working with local booking agent Matt Garrison who books local artists to play in Rye and surrounding communities.  The concerts will take place on 4 Thursday evenings from 7:30pm – 9:00pm.  With two rain dates available. The dates are July 11, 18, 25 and August  Picnicking is welcomed! Regular parking rates apply. Concerts are free!

3. Children’s Storytime Program -

The staff of the Rye Free Reading Room will be leading young children and their caregivers in a fun and educational series of reading, games and other activities on Tuesday mornings from 9:30am to 10:15am, from July 9 through August 27.  Each program provides participants very interactive things to do.  The programs will be held rain or shine. 

Sessions will be held at the South Pavilion. Event is free but normal parking fees apply.

4. Outdoor Family Magic Show and Outdoor Movie -

The performances will be held on the lawn at the hill by the north beach entrance and snack bar building.

The family-oriented magic show will start at 7:00pm on Wednesday, July 17 and run about 45 minutes. 

5. Shakespeare In The Park- 'Much Ado about Nothing'

The Shakespeare in the Park , will be held on the lawn by the small pavilion. Lawnchair Theatre company will present performances on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27.  Shows start at 6:30pm and end about 9:00pm.

6. Sand Castle Building Festival –  

This festival started in 2018!  We are thrilled to utilize our beautiful beach and waterfront for a popular summer activity – building sandcastles!  We suggest everyone to bring:  Sunblock, water, towels, and sculpting tools!  We want to see your most creative sculpture, castle, and design! This festival is on Saturday, July 20th from 10:00am – Noon.  Check in begins at 9:30am.  UPDATE** Please plan accordingly as the weather is predicted to be very hot and humid this weekend. Please use your judgement when coming to the festival as you will be in the sun.  Umbrellas or tents will be allowed.


7.  October Fall Festival –

The very BELOVED fall festival will be back for the third year in a row!  This festival was started in 2017.
The festival features – a LIVE band, petting zoo, food trucks, face painting,pumpkin painting, a pumpkin patch, bouncy castles, a HAY RIDE! And much much more!  If you are a vendor and would like to get involved in this festival, please contact ssumma@townofryeny.com.   This festival begins at 11am and ends at 3:00pm.  Parking is free and the fee is$10 per child, adults are free.  The date is Saturday, October 19th.  No rain date is scheduled for this event, it is held rain or shine so please use your judgement as the date approaches.



The Mission of the Rye Town Sustainability Committee is to advocate for a more sustainable future through public participation and inter-municipal collaboration. The committee will educate Rye Town residents and develop policies that will assist community members to adopt more sustainable practices. This will reduce the Town of Rye's carbon foot print and protect its natural beauty. Like us on Facebook!

Our Members:  

Anthony Baxter, Chairman of the Sustainability Committee
Ashley Welde
Cathy Rosenfeld
Bob Johnson
Katherine Husseini
Katheryn Ritchie
Debbie Reisner


The Town will follow through with the Mission through the following Commitments:

  • Implementing energy efficiency initiatives
  • Decreasing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Promoting waste reduction and recycling
  • Promoting green infrastructure, including electric charging stations
  • Educating the public and raising awareness
  • Exploring best practices and lessons learned from other municipalities and sustainability efforts
  • Collaborating with members of the public and private sector to achieve this vision

Governor Cuomo's Reforming NYS's Energy Vision

City of Rye's Sustainability Plan

The Town of Rye is a Climate Smart Community!

The Sustainability Committee has undertaken a number of commitments to make our community more green and healthy for residents:

•CSC: Pledged to become a certified Climate Smart Community

•CCS: Developing a Community Climate Action plan

•Energy audits: Conducted energy audits of local government buildings

•LED Lights: Upgrading street lamps on Town properties to LED lighting

•Reusable bottle-filling fountains: To be installed at Crawford Park in the Spring of 2018

•Recycling Bins: Placed recycling and trash bins at Rye Town park and Crawford Park in pairs to encourage proper recycling practices.

 •Purchasing Policy: Revising purchasing policies to integrate a variety of social good initiatives: green purchasing; “piggybacking” to limit expensive procurement practices; MWBE utilization; Section 3 (which promotes the use of disadvantaged residents in projects funded by Community Development Block Grant monies; and local purchasing.

 •Education: Providing resources to residents via the Town of Rye website and social media to encourage environmentally-responsible behaviors. Please visit our Facebook Page

Curbside Recycling Rules

Villages in the Town of Rye have “dual-stream recycling.” This means paper waste (paper, magazines, newspapers, boxes, etc.) must be placed separate from commingled waste (hard plastic containers, metal cans and foil, glass, and cartons). 

Click here to view and download recycling guides in English and Spanish:

Guide to Curbside Recycling 

Guia al Reciclaje al Borde de la Calle – Espanol

Plastic dos and don’ts -- > Westchester County

How Do I Recycle?

Disposing of some items is tricky. Batteries, printer cartridges, plastic bags, CFL light bulbs, etc., can all be recycled or disposed of safely when you know ho! 

Refer to these resources for answers to all your recycling questions:

1) The Westchester County 

3) The Rye Sustainability Committee 

4) Bedford 2020 - “Recyclopedia”

What about Ewaste and other Hazardous Waste?

Many types of waste cannot be recycled curbside, and it is also illegal to put them in the trash.  These hazardous wastes include electronics (TVs, computers, personal electronic devices), automotive fluids, pesticides, swimming pool chemicals, tires, etc. Read the full list here:

Hazardous Waste Recycling Guide 

Ewaste can be dropped off at the Department of Public Works in Port Chester at:

82 Fox Island Road, Port Chester

M-F 7:30-11:30am and 12:30-3pm

Sat 7:30-11:30am (April 1 – Dec 1)

Ewaste and other Hazardous materials can also be dropped off by appointment at the County recycling facility in Vallhalla, which also accepts expired or unused medications:

Grasslands Campus

15 Woods Road, Vallahalla

Schedule an appointment at www.westchestergov.com/hmrf or call (914) 813-5425

Past Events

Monday, May 21st - "What's Really On Your Lawn?"

Inaugural  Event!

You do everything you can to keep your family and pets healthy, but what about your lawn? Could fertilizers and pesticides be harmful to you, your children and your pets? Come and learn about alternatives to traditional toxic lawn chemicals to make your lawn healthy and beautiful!

If you missed this event - please click here! This will redirect you to our Youtube Channel where you can view the whole meeting! We hope to see you at our next event!
Where:   Port Chester Senior Center, 222 Grace Church Street At 7:00pm
Intoduction by Committee President
Supervisor Gary Zuckerman &
Committee President Tony Baxter
Edwina Von Gal doing her Introduction



Co-Sponsored by the Rye City Sustainability Committee and Rye Town Sustainability Committee

Hands-on gardening and composting workshop during which you’ll:

• Learn ways to grow nutritious food at home with the focus on 'healthy soil'.

• Explore composting methods that turn your food waste into 'black gold' for your plants.

• Lessons include worm composting, seed starting and gardening without chemical inputs.

• Suitable for all ages (there will be worms ;-)).

Date: Saturday, June 16th 
Location: Under the Rye Town Park pavilion
Digging for worms
Monique giving her presentation!



Have you considered buying a hybrid or electric car but want to know  more before taking the plunge?

Guest Speaker:   Ron Kamen

Ron is the Co-founder of EarthKind, Ron’s passion is clean energy. He brings decades of expertise to developing partnerships between governments, non-profits, businesses, and communities, catalyzing clean energy programs and projects to create a better, more sustainable world.

Event Info:

Thursday, October 11th @ 7pm
Carver Center,  400 Westchester Ave, Port Chester


Some Benefits of choosing electric vehicles:

* Greater efficiency and performance

* Easy maintenance – no oil changes ever

* Reduced cost: state and local tax credits/rebates available

* Better for our air and the environment!

If you missed it, you can view the video by clicking here.

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